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Boeing Completes CST-100 Parachute Drop Tests
The Boeing Company recently demonstrated the performance of its CST-100 landing system with a parachute drop test over the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nevada. One of the test's goals was to demonstrate that the parachute system could be re-used on successive missions.
An Erickson Sky Crane helicopter dropped the boilerplate crew capsule from 10,000 feet.
A drogue parachute deployed, followed by three main parachutes, bringing the capsule to a smooth ground landing, cushioned by six inflated air bags.
A previous drop test showed the parachute system’s deployment scheme worked and that it could be re-packed and re-used for this second test. Another landing air bag test series is scheduled for this summer as part of the company’s partnership with NASA under the second round of crew transportation development activities.
It’s all part of the company’s CST-100 spacecraft that could one day be capable of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
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